Barry Bostwick

Barry Bostwick

Infobox actor
birthdate = birth date and age|1945|2|24
birthplace = San Mateo, California
spouse = Stacey Nelkin (1987-1991)
Sherri Jensen (1994-)
goldenglobeawards = Best Supporting Actor - Miniseries
1988 "War and Remembrance"
tonyawards = Best Leading Actor in a Musical
1977 "The Robber Bridgegroom"

Barry Knapp Bostwick (born February 24 1945) [According to the State of California. "California Birth Index, 1905-1995". Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At] is an American actor and singer. He is arguably best known for playing Brad Majors in the 1975 cult classic "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", as well as the mayor Randall Winston in the sitcom "Spin City". He has also had considerable fame in musical theatre.


Early life

Bostwick, one of two children, was born in San Mateo, California, the son of Betty (née Defendorf), a homemaker, and Henry "Bud" Bostwick, Jr., a city planner and actor. [cite web | author= | title=Barry Bostwick Biography | work=filmreference | url= | date=2008 | accessdate=2008-06-07] [cite web | author= | title=Barry Bostwick Biography | work=Yahoo! Movies | url= | date=2008 | accessdate=2008-06-07] His only sibling, Henry "Pete" Bostwick, was killed in a car accident on June 20 1973. Bostwick attended San Diego's United States International University in 1967, majoring in acting, and worked for a time as a circus performer.


In 1972, Bostwick originated the role of bad boy, Danny Zuko in the stage production of "Grease", earning a Tony Award nomination for his performance. In 1975 he starred with Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon in the "Rocky Horror Picture Show". He also won a Tony Award for his performance in the 1977 musical "The Robber Bridegroom". From 1996 to 2002, Bostwick portrayed Randall Winston, the Mayor of New York City in the sitcom "Spin City" opposite Michael J. Fox and his successor, Charlie Sheen.

Since 2004, Bostwick has had a recurring role on "". Other television credits include guest appearances in "Charlie's Angels", "Hawaii Five-O", "The Golden Palace", "Grace Under Fire", "Cold Case", "Scrubs", and "Las Vegas", among others. He has also had leading roles in various mini-series, including "George Washington", its sequel "The Forging of a Nation", "Scruples", "A Woman of Substance", "War and Remembrance", and "Till We Meet Again".

Bostwick served as host of the nationally televised annual "Capitol Fourth" celebration on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for eight years.

Bostwick was also seen in a "Pepsi Twist" commercial. In the Cold Case episode "Creatures of the Night", in which he is the main suspect, the theme of the episode revolves around The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which is among his best-known performances to date.

Recently, Bostwick gained a recurring role, as Grandpa Clyde Flynn on "Phineas and Ferb".

Personal life

Bostwick married Stacey Nelkin, but they were divorced in 1991. Bostwick is married to his second wife Sherri Ellen Jenkins and has two children, Brian and Chelsea.

In 1997, Bostwick was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and 10 days later had his prostate removed. In 2004, he won the Gilda Radner Courage Award from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Additionally, In 2003, Bostwick appeared on Scrubs as a patient also diagnosed with prostate cancer.


* "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"
* "George Washington"
* ""
* "Weekend at Bernie's II"
* "Once In A Lifetime"
* "Chestnut"
* "Betrayed By Innocence"
* "Road Movie"
* "Movie, Movie"
* "Skulls III"
* "Swing"
* "One Hot Summer Night"
* "Megaforce"
* "Spy Hard"
* "Fantastic Planet"
* "Jennifer On My Mind"
* "Challenger"
* "Evening"
* "Nancy Drew"
* "" [ [ Production On 'Hannah Montana: The Movie' Is Underway - Entertainment Tonight News Story - WJXT Jacksonville ] ]

In 1979 he starred, with Hal Holbrook, Katharine Ross, and Richard Anderson in the made-for-TV movie "Murder by Natural Causes".

tage productions

* "Grease", 1972, (Danny Zuko). Nominated for Tony Award
* "They Knew What They Wanted", 1976, (Joe). Nominated for Tony Award
* "The Robber Bridegroom", 1977, Tony Award, Best Actor
* "Nick & Nora" opposite Joanna Gleason, 1991

Further reading

* Evans, David and Scott Michaels. "Rocky Horror: Concept to Cult". London: Sanctuary, 2002.
* Lipton, Michael A. and Nancy Matsumoto. “Serial Dad: Michael J. Fox Looks Up to 6’4” Actor”. People 10 March 1997: 99.
* Uhry, Alfred. "The Trail of the Robber B". The Robber Bridegroom CD Liner Notes 1998: 2.
* Hunt, Paula. "Bostwick Tells Story of Survival". Express-News, 6 March 2006.


External links

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* [ Barry Bostwick Fansite]

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title=Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Television Series, Mini-Series or Movie
for "War and Remembrance"
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for "Quantum Leap"

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